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Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey (1991)

by Nicholas Schaffner

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Saucerful of Secretsis the first in-depth biography of this very private group. At the heart of the saga is Syd Barrett, the group's brilliant founder, whose public decline into shattered incoherence--attributable in part to his marathon use of LSD--is one of the tragedies of rock history. The making ofDark Side of the Moonand Floyd's other great albums is recounted in detail, as are the mounting of "The Wall"  and the creation of the flying pigs, crashing  planes, "Mr. Screen" and the other elements of their spectacular stage shows. The book also explores the many battles between bass player/song writer Roger Waters and the rest of the group, leading up to Water's acrimonious departure for a solo  career in 1984 and his unsuccessful attempt to disolve the group he had left behind. Saucerful of Secretsis an electrifying account of this ground-breaking, mind-bending group, covering every period of their career from  earliest days to latest recordings. It is full of  revealing information that will be treasured by all who love Pink Floyd's music.… (more)

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A good, unbiased history of Pink Floyd. ( )
  Anagarika | Oct 30, 2009 |
I really enjoyed this book. It really brings to life the early days of the band, and their interactions with other important figures and events. ( )
  eslee | Apr 16, 2006 |
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The final weeks of rock 'n' roll's most magical year caught Britain's most promising new band in an excruciating dilemma.
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